[TL-Directors] State Library Strategic Plan

Jennifer Patterson Jennifer.L.Patterson at state.or.us
Fri Sep 4 14:51:58 PDT 2020

Good afternoon,
I am pleased to share the State Library's 2020 - 2023 strategic plan<https://www.oregon.gov/library/operations/Documents/State%20Library%20Strategic%20Plan%20-%20full%20version.pdf>. This plan is the culmination of a planning process that began last August and included engagement with stakeholders and staff to determine needs and interests. A new vision and mission along with updated values<https://www.oregon.gov/library/operations/Pages/Mission-Values.aspx> will center the State Library's focus and work in the coming years. Adopted by the State Library Board in April just as the COVID-19 pandemic began having widespread impacts throughout Oregon, it is certain that needs and priorities will emerge as the impacts of the pandemic continue to become more fully known and experienced. Given the timing of the adoption of the plan, we spent some time over the past few months to review and prioritize the plan initiatives. Based on what we know at this time about the needs of our users and communities, these are the highest priority initiatives:

  *   Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Host trainings and establish resources that support State Library staff in developing, building, and utilizing EDI competencies. Develop and implement an equity lens for State Library use in reviewing and creating policies, programs, and services that remove barriers and address potential bias.
  *   Workforce Recovery and Development: Develop strategies and initiatives to assist libraries as they enhance and grow workforce development programming and activities. Work with state and regional workforce development agencies and organizations to identify collaborative opportunities with local libraries.
  *   Continuing Education for the Library Community: Improve the State Library's continuing education program for library staff across Oregon through programming that is relevant and responsive to user needs.
  *   Talking Book and Braille Library Service Enhancement: Expand title selection and reduce wait times for Talking Book and Braille Library users by implementing the Duplication On-Demand service model.
  *   Service to State Employees: Enhance the user experience for state employees and the Legislature by upgrading the State Library's account management and related systems. Migrate the Government Services patron database from its legacy platform to a sustainable integrated system.
We look forward to engaging with the library community as we move these and the rest of our strategic plan initiatives forward over the next few years. Please contact me with any thoughts or questions.


Jennifer Patterson
State Librarian
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